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REACTIVITY SENSITIVITY MW (kDa) SOURCE
62 Rabbit

Product Usage Information

Storage: Supplied in 10 mM sodium HEPES (pH 7.5), 150 mM NaCl, 100 µg/ml BSA and 50% glycerol. Store at –20°C. Do not aliquot the antibody.

Specificity / Sensitivity

Smad6 Antibody detects endogenous levels of total Smad6 protein.


Source / Purification

Polyclonal antibodies are produced by immunizing animals with a synthetic peptide corresponding to residues surrounding cysteine 55 of human Smad6. Antibodies were purified by protein A and peptide affinity chromatography.

Members of the Smad family of signal transduction molecules are components of a critical intracellular pathway that transmit TGF-β signals from the cell surface into the nucleus. Three distinct classes of Smads have been defined: the receptor-regulated Smads (R-Smads), which include Smad1, 2, 3, 5, and 8; the common-mediator Smad (co-Smad), Smad4; and the antagonistic or inhibitory Smads (I-Smads), Smad6 and 7 (1-5). Activated type I receptors associate with specific R-Smads and phosphorylate them on a conserved carboxy terminal SSXS motif. The phosphorylated R-Smad dissociates from the receptor and forms a heteromeric complex with the co-Smad (Smad4), allowing translocation of the complex to the nucleus. Once in the nucleus, Smads can target a variety of DNA binding proteins to regulate transcriptional responses (6-8).


The inhibitory Smads, Smad6 and Smad7, were originally identified in vascular endothelium and inhibit TGF-β and BMP signaling by interfering with the phosphorylation of other Smad family members (9,10). Their expression may be induced by TGF-β, and BMP in some cell types providing a negative feedback loop (11,12).


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Entrez-Gene Id 4091
Swiss-Prot Acc. O43541


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